Report: 18,000 children pushed into poverty since first lockdown

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 7:51AM
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Report: 18,000 children pushed into poverty since first lockdown

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 7:51AM

There are calls for more help for young people living on the streets.

A new report estimates an additional 18,000 children have been pushed into poverty since the first lockdown, with Maori and Pasifika worst hit.

The number of homeless young people is especially concerning.

Lifewise youth housing team leader Aaron Hendry told Kate Hawkesby young people need therapeutic interventions and we need to work with the community to house them long-term.

“Rather than just putting them in a hotel for the night by themselves without any support, they get further harmed and they go back to the street.”

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